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Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career

February 24, 2013, 3:26 pm
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, was born on February 24, 1955. Steve Jobs had no formal schooling in engineering, yet he's listed as the inventor or co-inventor on more than 300 US patents. These are some of the significant products that were created under his direction:
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Apple's first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers, made in small numbers. Steve Wozniak designed it, while Jobs orchestrated the funding and handled the marketing.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. It was still largely Wozniak's design. Several upgrades for the model followed, and the product line continued until 1993.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Jobs' visit to Xerox Corp.'s research center in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse. It was the foundation for today's computer interfaces, but the Lisa was too expensive to be a commercial success.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Like the Lisa, the Macintosh had a graphical user interface. It was also cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign behind it. People soon realized how useful the graphical interface was for design. That led "desktop publishing," accomplished with a Mac coupled to a laser printer, to soon become a sales driver.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The company was never able to sell large numbers, but the computer was influential: The world's first Web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today's Macintosh and iPhone operating system.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was foundering, with an ever shrinking share of the PC market. The radical iMac was the first step in reversing the slide. It was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer. Easy to set up, it captured the imagination just as people across the world were having their eyes opened to the benefits of the Internet and considering getting their first home computer.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • It wasn't the first digital music player with a hard drive, but it was the first successful one. Apple's expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod's success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Before the iTunes store, buying digital music was a hassle, making piracy the more popular option. The store simplified the process and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the US in 2008.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing - it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness. Apple is now the world's most profitable maker of phones, and the influence of the iPhone is evident in all smartphones.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career
  • Steve Jobs' 58th birthday: 10 products that defined Jobs' career